We all hear ourselves say these and many similar statements from time to time. Beliefs like the ones above are uttered with great certainty and are often the very ways in which we defeat ourselves and deny a more satisfying and fulfilling way of life. I refer to these oft-heard declarations as “personal propaganda.” When I am able to be sufficiently self-aware and insightful in my own life, I try to challenge myself when I hear myself say, for example, “I don’t have the time to work on that article,” or “I’m much too busy to attend that conference.”
An updated version of Personal Propaganda is included in my new book, Help Me!. More information, including the table of contents, reviews and purchasing information is available on the Help Me! page.